In 1998, director Shekhar Kapur took on a film written by Michael Hirst that chronicled the early reign of the virgin queen, Elizabeth I. “Elizabeth” starred Cate Blanchett in the title role, Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes. The resulting film was nominated for seven academy awards, including a nomination for Remi Adefarasin’s cinematography.
Now, almost 10 years later, the same team of Kapur and Adefarasin has created “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” with Blanchett, Rush and Fiennes all returning in their same roles. “Golden Age” is the epic sequel that begins where the other left off.
“Elizabeth: The Golden Age” opens with an ominous prologue that lays the groundwork for a foreboding holy war between King Phillip II of Spain (Jordi Molla), a Catholic, and Queen Elizabeth I of England (Cate Blanchett), a Protestant.